Part of the great Grisham boom of the 1990s, rivaled only by the Crichton wave. Too bad they never collaborated with some kind of techno-legal thriller, you know? 1996's "A Time to Kill" is less thriller and more Deep South message courtroom drama. The message? Hey, it's okay to kill redneck racists if they rape and beat your daughter. It's a very manipulative movie that trades in broad stereotypes and heavy handed plotting. It's also 2 1/2 hours long. It's very much a piece of mid-90s cinema, both in its cheesy bombast and its absurdly huge cast, anchored by Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bollock, Samuel L. Jackon, and Kevin Spacey in one of his many slick, smarmy roles. And check out this supporting cast: Chris Cooper, Ashley Judd (who often seems sweaty), Sutherlands Kiefer and Donald, Oliver Platt, Nicky Katt, Patrick "The Prisoner" McGoohan. . .It doesn't stop! I'm still partial to "The Firm."
While he was making Grisham movies (He also did "The Client."), director Joel Schumacher was also busy ruining the "Batman" franchise. The title comes from the Bible. They never made the sequel, "Time to Die!"